Holy Cross Religious Education Seventh Grade

SEVENTH GRADE uses the Faith and Witness Program entitled "Morality."This course invites the young people to venture further into the mystery of faith and the challenge of discipleship through shared study, reflection, prayer, and action in response to God's word.

Rev. Paul J. Wadell, Ph.D., C.P., author " Too many people think of Morality as something negative and limiting. But the truth is that Christian morality is an invitation to become part of the most graced and promising life possible. Morality is all about authentic happiness and rich lasting loves. My hope with this book is that students will discover that God loves them, and that people who care for them will always challenge them to be good.


Chapter One - Introduction to Morality: to be human we must be moral; power of goodness in each of us; purpose of moral life is happiness; friendship with God; grace; and freedom of will. Chapter Eight - 5th Commandment: sacredness of human life; sins against life; violence, murder, abortion, euthanasia, suicide; other issues; scandal, capital punishment, arms race
Chapter Two - Moral Life: loving good things in the right ways; Beatitudes; God is the source and aim of life; God's covenant with us; the Ten Commandments Chapter Nine - 6th, 9th Commandments: dignity of men and women; sex as gift and blessing involving the whole person: sins against this gift: adultery, pre-marital sex, contraception, pornography, promiscuity, masturbation; virtue of chastity; using sexuality responsibility and faithfully
Chapter Three - Jesus, Model of Moral Life; discipleship, personal relationship with him in the community of the Church; mission of his disciples Chapter Ten - 7th, 10th Commandments: a call to justice, respect for all human beings and their rights; goods of creation belong to another's goods; demands restitution; concerns; just wages, right to work, needs of the poor
Chapter Four - Sin: choosing to do evil; rejecting God's friendship; original sin and its effects; personal sin; mortal, venial, grace of forgiveness; Jesus, forgiver, healer, sacramental forgiveness Chapter Eleven - 8th Commandment: truth - the virtue of being truthful in deeds and words; respect for others' reputations; forbids lying, hypocrisy, harmful gossip, calumny, rash judgment
Chapter Five - Conscience: a reasoned judgment in conformity with God's will; conscience formed by prayer, education, practice, Church. 1st Commandment - loving God above all; dangers of Satanism, occultism, atheism Chapter Twelve - Virtues: habits that empower acts of reason and faith; virtues are qualities, skills, habits that require practice; cardinal virtues; theological virtues; gifts of the Spirit
Chapter Six - 2nd Commandment honoring God's name; forbids blasphemy, perjury, swearing, cursing. 3rd Commandment - Sunday, celebration of Christ's Resurrection; obligation to worship and rest Chapter Thirteen - Challenge of the Moral Life: consequences of actions; good intentions expressed in good actions; Laws of the Church; Holy Days of Obligation; Works of Mercy
Chapter Seven - 4th Commandment: honoring parents and rightful authority; respect, gratitude, just obedience, assistance owed to parents; duties of parents; moral citizenship Chapter Fourteen - Moral Decision Making: influences; education; advice; prayer; choosing; evaluating the choice

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